Murugappa Group recorded a turnover of Rs. 30, 023 crores during 2016-17 (last year Rs. 29,395 crores).
Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortisation (EBITDA) posted a growth of 34 percent, at Rs. 4, 065 crores (last year Rs.3, 032 Crores). Profit before Tax and Extra Ordinary Items was Rs. 2, 973 Crores (last year Rs. 1, 873 Crores), registering a growth of 59 percent.
B: Market Capitalisation
Market Capitalisation of the listed/unlisted companies of the Group surged by 43 percent to USD eight billion in March 2017 from USD 5.6 billion a year ago.
Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company Limited (CIFCL) expanded its footprint to Maharashtra, Karnataka and Bihar, adding 169 branches. CIFCL currently operates out of 700 branches across India.
Carborundum Universal Limited (CUMI) commissioned three fusion plants at its Electro-mineral Complex at Cochin, Kerala, at an investment of Rs. 80 crores. This is one of the most advanced and integrated electro-mineral complexes in the world. CUMI has also inaugurated a Centre of Excellence for Research in Technical Ceramics for industrial and advanced applications at Hosur, Karnataka. This facility will aid CUMI's growth in Wear Resistant and Technical Ceramics including Metalised Ceramic range of products.
Tube Investments of India Limited (TII) set up a state-of-the-art bicycle manufacturing factory at an investment of Rs. 105 Crores at Rajpura, Punjab, to cater to the growing demand in North and East Indian market.
TII and Absolute Specialty Foods Chennai Pvt. Ltd. entered a 50:50 Joint Venture to open bicycle cafes in India under the brand name 'Ciclo Cafe'. This initiative is aimed to bring bicycles and lifestyle under one roof and is becoming a preferred destination for people passionate about cycling and fine food.
The Board of TII has approved the Scheme of arrangement to demerge the manufacturing and financial services businesses and the same is under implementation.
EID Parry (India) Limited merged its subsidiary Parry Sugar Industries Limited with itself effective1st April 2016.
Aggregate capital expenditure programmes towards expansion/ debottlenecking / modernising facilities across Group companies were Rs. 398 crores during the year.
Sector highlights for 2016-17
Financial Services Businesses
Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company Limited
CIFCL's Assets under Management (AUM) registered a growth of 15 percent to Rs. 34,167 Crores during FY2016-17. With a strong and favorable growth in the commercial vehicle market coupled with the strengthening of dealership networks, CIFCL's Vehicle Finance disbursements registered a growth of 17 percent in FY2016-17. Home Equity Disbursements de-grew by 12 percent in FY2016-17.
CIFCL has revised NPA provisioning to three months from four months and increased standard asset provisioning to 0.40 percent from 0.35 percent, one year ahead of the regulatory requirement. Profit after tax for FY 2016-17 stood at Rs. 719 Crores, a growth of 26 percent year-on-year.
Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) was at 18.64% against the regulatory requirement of 15%. Tier I capital is at 13.61% against regulatory requirement of 10%.
The subsidiaries together made a profit before tax (PBT) of Rs. 7Crores in FY 2016-17 against Rs. 8 Crores in FY 2015-16.
Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company Limited
Gross Written Premium recorded a growth of 28% during FY2016-17 to Rs. 3,133 Crores. The growth was supported by new partnerships entered into during the year. Profit after tax grew by 41% year-on-year to Rs. 208 Crores.
Investment income during the year was Rs. 400 Crores; Investment book size as of end March 2017 (including pool funds) was Rs. 4,905 Crores.
Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company Limited (a Joint Venture
between Murugappa Group and Mitsui Sumitomo) has become the largest entity outside of Japan among the JV companies of Mitsui Sumitomo.
Carborundum Universal Limited (CUMI)
CUMI reported an increase in consolidated gross sales by 9% to Rs. 2,200 Crores in FY 2016-17 compared to Rs. 2,024 Crores in the previous year. Full year consolidated segmental profitability improved for Abrasives and Ceramics businesses, supported by higher sales volume.
On a consolidated basis, in FY 2016-17, profit after tax increased to Rs. 175 Crores from Rs. 144 Crores.
Abrasives division at consolidated level registered a growth of 10%. The sales for FY 2016-17 were Rs. 1,016 Crores compared to Rs. 922 Crores in the previous year. Both Indian and overseas entities had a good growth.
Profit before interest and tax (PBIT) for the year FY 2016-17 increased to Rs. 113 Crores from Rs. 83 Crores, supported by higher volumes from Indian and overseas entities.
Electro minerals division at consolidated level registered a growth of 3%. The consolidated sales for FY 2016-17 were Rs. 769 Crores compared to Rs. 749 Crores of previous year. Indian operations registered a growth; however, sales were marginally lower for the Russian entity.
The profit before interest and tax (PBIT) dropped from Rs. 127 Crores to Rs. 91 Crores, owing to adverse exchange movement of Rouble (RUB) and lower rainfall affecting power generation in captive hydel power plant.
Ceramics division registered a growth of 15%. For FY 2016-17 the sales were at Rs. 472 Crores from Rs. 409 Crores of previous year. The standalone industrial ceramics and refractories businesses delivered a good growth.
Profit before interest and tax increased from Rs. 50 Crores to Rs. 70 Crores, driven by higher volumes in both standalone and overseas operations
Tube Investments of India Limited
For the year 2016-17, TII's consolidated gross sales were higher by 4% at Rs. 4,620 Crores as against Rs. 4,434 Crores in the previous year. Profit after tax for the year 2016-17 was Rs. 208 Crores.
Cycles and Accessories
The total revenue from Cycles and Accessories division in FY 2016-17 stood at Rs. 1,358 Crores against Rs. 1,491 Crores in previous year, registering a drop of 10% due to lower institutional sales. Trade sales were affected due to demonetisation. Profit before interest and tax for the year was Rs. 36 Crores as against Rs. 79 Crores in the previous year.
The Engineering division has registered a growth of 14%. The sales volume from Tubes grew by 10% and from Cold Rolled Steel Strips by 7% during the year.
Total revenue for FY 2016-17 was Rs. 2,077 Crores as against Rs. 1,821 in the previous year. Profit before interest and tax for the year was Rs. 146 Crores as against Rs94 Crores in the previous year.
Metal Formed Products
The Metal Formed Products division has registered a growth 9%. The sales volume from doorframes, Industrial Chains and Fine Blanked Components grew by 6%, 9% and 5% respectively over the previous year. However, the sales of automotive chains to OEMs were slightly lower than the previous year.
Total revenue for FY 2016-17 was Rs. 1,141 Crores as against Rs. 1,043 in the previous year. Profit before interest and tax for the year was Rs. 92 Crores as against Rs. 86 Crores in the previous year.
Shanthi Gears Limited
Shanthi Gears Ltd., a subsidiary company of TII operating in the Industrial Gears Business, registered a growth of 12% in gross sales for the year. Profit aftertax for the year was higher at Rs. 23 Crores against Rs. 18 Crores in the previous year.
Coromandel International Limited
Coromandel International Limited registered consolidated gross sales of Rs. 10,304 Crores in FY 2016-17 compared to Rs. 11,726 Crores in the previous year. Despite challenging business environment due to failure in North East monsoon in some of the Southern states and volatile exchange rates, Coromandel by leveraging its diversified product portfolio, wide market coverage and strong brand presence, improved its performance across the nutrients and crop protection segments.
Consolidated Profit after tax for year ended March 2017 is Rs. 477 Crores as against Rs. 357 Crores of the previous year, registering a growth of 34%.
E.I.D. Parry (India) Limited
E.I.D. Parry (India) Limited reported an increase in consolidated gross sales by 15% to Rs. 4,465 Crores in FY 2016-17 compared to Rs. 3,895 Crores in the previous year. Profit after tax for the year 2016-17 was Rs. 302 Crores against loss of Rs. 135 Crores in the previous year. The improved performance is on account of better sugar prices, which have been on an upswing on account of lower sugar production due to drought in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
The consolidated revenue from Sugar division (including Parry sugar refinery private limited) for year 2016-17 was Rs. 4,156 Crores against Rs. 3, 442 Crores in previous year, recording a growth of 21%.
Bio - Products
The consolidated revenue from Bio-products division (comprising Bio-Pesticides and Nutraceuticals) for year 2016-17 was Rs. 351 Crores against Rs. 348 Crores in previous year, recording a growth of 1%.
Coromandel Engineering Company Limited registered a decline in revenues of 74% on account of sluggish market conditions.
Parry Agro Industries Limited registered a marginal growth of 2% in revenues mainly on account of lower crop in South India.
New Ambadi Estates Private Limited (a Company engaged in rubber plantations) reported a decline in revenue by 36%.
Parry Enterprises India Limited (PEIL) reported a 20% growth in revenues at Rs. 156 Crores.
Ambadi Enterprises Limited reported a decline in revenueby3% over the previous year mainly on account of fall in export turnover due to a weak Pound arising out of Brexit.
Profit after tax of the other business was Rs. 98 Crores for the year 2016-17.
E: HR Updates
The HR initiatives during the year were centred around recognition programmes and employee communication with the focus on enhancing employee engagement.
EID Parry was recognised for its 'Commitment to Engagement' by AON, as part of their 'Best Employers India Study 2017'.
Digitisation in HR was another key theme, with three of the Group Companies introducing mobile apps to improve employee experience - an online rewards platform and an app for employees to access HR systems at TII and HR on the go for the substantially mobile workforce at Chola and Chola MS. CUMI deployed a popular mobile messaging platform to increase connect with and among employees and to speed up decision-making.
The Group's central L&D team, the Management Development Centre,
developed and deployed multi-lingual e-modules to enhance the Group's Knowledge Management Strategy, especially for behavioural competencies, soft skills and technical know-how.
The Group has also embarked on an initiative to drive Design Thinking to improve customer experience in all business aspects, including HR.
For its sustained efforts to develop a women-friendly workplace, the Group was ranked among the Top 100 Best Companies for Women in India, an award instituted by the Working Woman Magazine and AVTAR Group for the year 2016.
F: Corporate Social Responsibility
In addition to the above, during the year, the Group's manufacturing companies stepped up development initiatives in the area of education and healthcare, primarily catering to communities around the plant/office locations:
The Foundation also launched a Mobile Science Van in June 2016. This van reaches out to 25 government and government-aided schools in Sivagangai district.
The Murugappa Youth Football Academy currently coaches 96 students in football. One of the students, S. Mathew, was selected to be part of the playing - 11 of the Tamil Nadu team in the School Nationals Tournament. He was awarded the best player and was also the top scorer.
The educational institutions (schools and polytechnic college) run by the Foundation cater to the educational needs of around 10,000 students, of which 7000 belong to marginalised sections of society.
Through the Mobile Health Van service, the Foundation has reached out to 23,000 patients from twelve villages around the EID Parry sugar plant at Haliyal (North Karnataka). The second van, launched in 2016 to serve Umargam Taluk of Sarigam, Gujarat, has reached out to 9500 patients in the past year.
The facilities at Sir Ivan Stedeford Hospital are being upgraded with a renovation and expansion project, the first phase of which was completed in 2015-16 at a cost of Rs. 19 Cr. The revamped maternity block has modern facilities at par with top hospitals in the country.
Over the past year, the hospitals run by the AMM Foundation have reached out to over 8 lakh people through their outpatient services and 12,000 beneficiaries through the in-patient facilities.
The Foundation has also supported the education of 77 most-deserving economically backward students through the AMM Murugappa Chettiar Centenary Scholarship (General).
In this fourth year of the AMM Murugappa Chettiar Centenary Scholarships (Full Fee), the Foundation has supported 111 Murugappa scholars, funding the entire course as well as hostel fees. These scholars are pursuing Medical (22), Engineering (64), Arts and Science (19) and Agriculture (6) courses in government and government-aided colleges. The Foundation also facilitates a series of workshops and training programmes for the students to hone their soft skills.
As part of the ongoing corporate social responsibility initiatives, the Group continued its contribution to various projects through the AMM Foundation and Shri AMM Murugappa Chettiar Research Centre (MCRC).
Group companies have incurred Rs. 35 Crores during the year 2016-17 on various initiatives for Corporate Social Responsibilities.
Coromandel International worked on the areas of education with special focus on the girl child, community development and health and hygiene
TII contributed in the areas of women empowerment, upliftment of the girl child, health, education, community development and promotion of sports, arts and culture
CUMI reinforced its efforts towards skill development for underprivileged and marginalised youth in Tamil Nadu/Karnataka and Kerala
EID Parry organised several healthcare-oriented camps and educational activities in and around the towns where the sugar plants are located
CIFCL worked in the areas of education and rural sports, provision of drinking water and sanitation facilities and community development with special focus on truck drivers
Chola MS took up the causes of education, healthcare and rural development
G: Brand initiatives
The Group continued to invest in building awareness and engagement among core audiences with the multi-lingual 'Together Let's Progress' campaign. During the year, we also made significant investment in digital campaigns. Our initiatives on social/digital media were well-received and Brand Murugappa was awarded 'Best Social Media Brand among corporates in the B2B Category by Social Samosa, India's leading social media thought-influencer.
H: Awards and Recognitions
Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company won the 'Golden Globe Tigers Award 2017' for Excellence in Leadership and CSR in the category 'Best use of CSR practices in Banking and Finance'
Coromandel International received the 'Sustainable Waste & Resource Management' award at the India Sustainability Leadership Summit Awards 2016, for various initiatives including efficient use of raw materials at Vizag, a bird sanctuary developed in Kakinada and fresh water generation from waste seawater at Ennore
Coromandel's Annual Report 2015-16 received the 'Excellence in Financial Reporting' award from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
CUMI's Abrasives Unit at Tiruvottiyur won the 'TPM Excellence Award' from the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance (JIPM) and became the third unit after Maraimalai Nagar and Sriperumbudur to receive JIPM recognition
CUMI also won the Golden Peacock Awards for CSR and Corporate Ethics presented by the Institute of Directors
EID Parry was the winner of the 'Best Performing Company and Winner in the Sugar Sector' at the Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards 2016
TI Cycles received the 'Emerging Brand Award' for Mach City from CMO Asia
TPI was conferred the 'Star Performer Award for Exports' for the year 2014
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